The waste challenge in India is not unknown but IoT-powered waste bins are set to change that.
According to a Cision newswire, “Indian cities alone generate more than 62 million tons of solid waste a year with an expected increase of 5% per year. It is estimated that up to 40% of municipal waste in India remains simply uncollected.”
The government of India has launched a “Clean India” campaign to improve waste management services, city streets and spaces, and the quality of life of its citizens.
The country’s waste management processes are slated for change with the introduction of smart bins, that is to say, waste bins that are equipped with IoT, ultrasonic sensors. The sensors monitor bin fill-levels and notify collectors when it is time for pickup. This prevents unsightly, and potentially hazardous, overflow and avoids unnecessary bin collection. It also helps city officials and waste service providers to track residents’ waste disposal trends and habits.
India-based Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) provider for Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine applications, SenRa, and Belgian-based hardware design company, SmartEnds, are partnering to bring the smart bins to the South Asian country.
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